w00t! w00t! There’s a party going on right here! (Can you hear the music?) I’d like to welcome author, Destiny Blaine!

Destiny Blaine is an author who loves to bring her southern roots into her stories. With the exception of casino-related story lines, most of her books have a southern setting. All of Destiny’s books have her true southern voice and you can see it as you turn the pages.

The proud mother of two teenagers, Destiny and her husband are on the move a lot with sports activities keeping them on their toes. For enjoyment, the family likes to look for sandy beaches with huge waves for surfing and just relaxing!

Destiny Blaine writes erotica romance, suspense, and mainstream fiction. She’s agreed to answer a few questions (Silly Destiny … has she never visited my torture cham … er, um… guest blog before?)

Please tell us about your newest release.
Unspoken Truths (no cover curently available) is a contemporary erotic romance about a sexy-hot alpha male that has a very interesting “day-job” (as a football bookie well connected to organized crime) and a woman he’ll be forced to leave behind because of conflicting career interests. Tanner, the hero in Unspoken Truths, is one of my favorite heroes to date. He’s known the woman of his dreams his whole life but in order to protect her, he’s continually pushed her away-until he simply can’t stand the thought of leaving her behind. Coming August 29th to Whispers Publishing, let me know if you’d like to see an excerpt by dropping me an email to destinyblaine@yahoo.com!

Your characters sound dreamy. How do you come up with them?
Often, the heroes in my stories remind me of someone I know. Sometimes, the physical descriptions match someone I’ve just observed for the sole purpose of writing them into my books and short stories. Of course, since I seldom see’ vampires, my imagination typically runs wild regardless of the inspiration! (Smiles)

Is there a particular genre you enjoy writing and why?
Right now, I’m wildly partial to western erotic and paranormal. However, I do write a lot of gambling-related love stories. I guess I’m sort of ‘known’ for them since a lot of my readers come from a gambling-related/poker background. Many of the folks who read my sports and gambling-related books first read my work under my real name before they discovered I write under the pen name of Destiny Blaine. It’s been really interesting to write in this arena because it’s like a new genre rising and I’m glad to be a part of it! 

Your books seem to cover a little bit of everything. Is there some common thread to all your stories? 
My stories typically have an alpha-male, though not always. Some have southern settings and many have gambling-related elements, or a sports theme. As for one thread? I don’t think so. I have to keep things interesting and different! 

Okay, what’s your favorite type of paranormal hero, werewolf, vampire, fairy or some other dark mystery man I didn’t name?
Vampire (Oh, should I mention I’m writing my first vamp story? No! Bad hostess. Down, girl. Down!)

Tell us about your writing process. Are you a plotter or pantzer? Do you have comfort drinks  or snack foods? Any favorite music you play while writing?
My writing process is boring. I write all the time-how dull is that? I have a novel I’m working on right now that has been plotted and outlined too death but I fly by the seat of my pants with some stories. This one just had a very unique plot so I had to make sure everything fell in the proper place with the right timeline so an outline helps when there’s a lot of research involved.

Comfort drinks? COFFEE! (She’s not kidding her folks. She ‘s scoffed down two double latte moches with foam and an iced coffee. And did she offer me some? Umm … that would be a negative.)

Good Writing Music? It changes day by day and week by week. Today it was: James Blunt, Elvis, Three Doors Down, Hinder, and Nickelback. Then, total silence-which often happens when I am dying to type “the end”. It’s mere minutes away! 

You have books with several different publishers. Is there one you like to work with more than the others?
I have a couple that stand out above the rest because of the open communication.

Since I promote myself more than I’ll ever depend on someone else to promote for me, I count on the open communication so I can figure out what works and what doesn’t. If I can’t ask for and receive feedback, then I’m working solo and wasting my time. Ultimately, writing is a business. No matter how much I like someone in this business, the bottom line (yes, the money) is always going to matter to me-it must because I write full-time. Supportive publishers who are willing to offer constructive criticism and yet still point out an author’s strengths are a rarity in this business, or at least, that’s been my experience. However, I do have a couple or publishers who go the extra mile to help their authors succeed-which is nice.

That said, those who know me, know I look at e-publishing and small press a little differently than most. It only took a Las Vegas minute to understand that small press is political, to an extent, just like anything else. I’ve been in this business long enough to be indifferent to a lot of the surrounding elements which is why I can stay so focused.  

I know there will be rejection along the way-I accept it. Sometimes I might question it (not openly, of course) if I bother to compare other books or whatnot, but I still accept it and move on. I know there will be bad reviews-I always consider the source and decide if it’s well meaning or well targeted for another purpose.

I look for the best place to thrive as a writer-where I feel welcome and comfortable. That said, a writer can only be as good as their publisher and vice-versa.  I try to watch where I submit now for that reason. I want to be an asset to my publisher but in small press, I really expect the same in return. It’s a team effort-a joint venture-and again, I’m fortunate enough to be with some publishers who have similar visions and an outstanding work ethic.

If you could be one of your characters who would you choose and why?
It’s a tie between Constance in Winning Virgin Lust (coming soon) and Darlene from A Matter Among Men (out now). Why? Ahem…you’ll have to read the books!

You have a Yahoo loop that runs on Mondays. Could you tell us about that?
While writing the first stories of the Winning Virgin Series, I noticed a need for a chat group where authors and readers could come together and share their paranormal book excerpts, post contests, and just keep in touch. Just Another Paranormal Monday was born and it’s been rocking and rolling ever since it’s grand opening several months ago. (She’s not kidding her folks … it’s an awesome group! It’s how I first stalked, err … got to know Destiny. Come on over and check it out …   http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ParanormalMonday)

A hot soak in the tub or a smokin’ BBQ with friends?
Hmmm…it depends. Who will be in the tub and who did you invite to the BBQ? (Men in kilts … have you not been listening to the bagpipe music? *g*)

Anything else you’d like to share with your readers?
Yes! Right now, I’m running a sweepstakes. It officially kicked off with the release of Love, Lust, and Scandal in Professional Football but since football season doesn’t officially kick off until later this month, the big rush for prizes will begin in late August. Members of my loop will be able to score touchdowns and win prizes throughout football season. It’s a great contest so check it out at : http://groups.yahoo.com/group/destinyblaine_romance/ 

Wow, she talks faster than me and that’s saying something! Destiny and her books can be found at her WEBSITE or at MYSPACE and on her BLOG.Destiny’s agreed to stick around a day or two … haven’t you hon? (She’s nodding… or maybe her nose itches. It’s hard to tell with her hands tied to my keyboard.) In any case, don’t be shy. Ask her a question. Leave a comment to tell her you stopped by. Or just plain tell her how much you loooove her books. (No sweetie … bathroom breaks every hour on the hour … really, no complaining … next time maybe you’ll share that cup of coffee.)

Really folks, she’d love to hear from you.

39 Responses to Welcome Destiny Blaine!

  • Hi Destiny –

    Nina, it’s nice to meet you. You two are a hoot! I enjoyed the blog very much.

    Today is the first day of school (half day) and I’m waiting for my other son to leave for work – then it’s me time. I haven’t decided what I’m going to do. Read, work on BLOOD DESTINY or clean house. A bubble bath sounds really, really good. I haven’t had one since May – too many people and one bath and my husband did buy me the latest J D Robb book last week and seeing how the computer isn’t waterproof…

    Have a wonderful time today! I’ll swing back by later.

    Bekki

  • Destiny!!!! Hey Lady. I loved the interview. Of course you know I’ve read ALL of the books lol. Keep up the good work-I’ll go through withdrawals otherwise!

    Hugs

  • Man, the bar sounds great lol. I like writing drunkin book reviews lmao (just kidding gang)! A chocolate martini would be great. Can we open earlier so I can sober up before work tonight? Although that could make work interesting as well hehe

  • Thanks for having me here today, Nina! I’m running out for coffee! ;))

    By the way, I want to mention:

    Anyone who leaves a comment with their email included will receive several CHAPTER PREVIEWS via email later today so come on out folks. Also, I’ll run a contest a little later.

    Hugs,
    Destiny
    http://www.destinyblaine.com

  • Oh my goodness! Two of my favorite Siren authors. We can party now, Nina!!! :)) Thanks for stopping by ladies!

    I have Wendi’s Rough and Ready on my laptop and Bekki’s Last Glass of Wine loaded too. I can’t wait to dig in and READ! I’ve heard wonderful things about both books and of course, I love their work so they’re highly recommended!!! Check them out at http://www.sirenpublishing.com.

    I’ll be back soon!

    Hugs,
    Destiny

  • Hey Destiny!!!
    Of course I had to stop by and say Hi. Of course you are on my must read list. I am really looking forward to Unspoken Truths and of course the next installment of Winning Virgin.
    Your characters just speak volumes.

    Kim

  • Destiny, I just wanted to drop by and say hi. Great interview! Have a wonderful day.

    Jami

  • Oh my goodness! Oh my goodness! Jami, Kim, and Amanda stopped by too! Woot! What a party!

    Jami’s Who’s Been Sleeping in My Bed is rocking on Amazon so everyone, check it out! 🙂 It’s available in print or e-book!

    Amanda has a rockin’ review site so be sure to stop by Dark Angel Reviews and authors, make sure you submit your books there. :))

    And Kim, my friend…you know you’ll receive copy number one for Unspoken Truths—you won it—lol. 🙂 And I can’t wait for the release date—AUGUST 29th can’t roll in quick enough!

    Hugs to all! Thanks for stopping by!

    Destiny :))

  • Oh, I was up late with a vampire who finally decided he’d help me finish a book. Sorry, I’m late to the party! Destiny’s an awesome guest. Hopefully we’ll get some confetti going … bar’s open around noon … and the kilt n’ dales should be here soon!

  • Hey K/N!!!

    A date with a vamp???? I’m soooooooo jealous now! Tell us about it. I can’t wait to hear more about the kilts too!

    Hugs,
    Destiny ;))

  • Oh, this one took on some interesting twists. But really, it’s right in the beginning stages so I’m not quite ready to talk about it. Suffice it to say it falls in the hot and steamy category!

  • Chocolate Martinis? No, no, we need…apple! And before lunch is fine when you’re writing. LOL

    K/N…Hot and steamy? (I would’ve never thought) LOL. Can’t wait to hear more about it when you’re ready. I know that feeling though. Right now I change my ‘endings’ so often that I think it’s important to wait until everything is set in stone.

    Hugs,
    Destiny

    P.S. for Amanda (get the glasses–it’s time to party)

  • Amanda – I was just being PC … the bar’s ALWAYS open here! Ask Mark for a drink, but don’t hog his time … there seems to be a line forming!

    Destiny – What fun is writing if it doesn’t get the motor revved? LOL! I crack myself up!

  • Ahem….K/N, I have a feeling you never have a shortage of entertainment! LOL

    Hugs!
    Destiny

    P.S. BTW, if you stop by today, leave a comment with your email addy. I want to give away some goodies! Be back soon!

  • Destiny – Who me? Make a party where there is none? I’m innocent. I swear. The cyber police had the wrong addie.

  • Loved the interview. I love your website! Keep writing the Casino and NFL wives stuff…

  • K/N, I can hear the sirens from here in Tennessee!!!

    KT, Thanks so much for stopping by. Make sure you stop by my loop throughout football season–you’ll have a blast this fall! Love, Lust, and Scandal in Professional Football is out now. :))

    Hugs,
    Destiny :))

  • Hey Destiny, fun and fascinating interview. I so admire your get up and go. And your ability to stay grounded and focused. Keep on writing those great stories. I know you will!

  • K/N!

    Sticks and stones may break my bones but chains will never hold me! *Sigh* I can’t sit still that long. Besides, who can sit still when we have spiked punch, music and of course…hot men! Woot! Speaking of hot men, have you checked out this cover for A Matter Among Men. I’m in love with the fellow with the rope….

    http://www.sirenpublishing.com/destinyblaine/amam.asp

    ~~~~~~~

    Hey Donna!

    I’m rolling in the floor over your comment. Thanks for visiting today! If you stop back by today, tell us what we’re missing right now at Just Another Paranormal Monday! 🙂 I had to finish up a manuscript today but I’ll be popping in and out over there tonight.

    Hugs,
    Destiny :))

  • Hi Destimy, Loved the interview. It’s nice to learn a little more about the poeple you chat with over these loops. Congrats on the upcoming release! Well, got to go fix dinner – baked spaghetti.

  • Hi Savanna and Diane!

    Thank you both for the compliments. 😉 Payment is in the mail. (Watch for it, okay?)

    Savanna is the wildly popular author of All Shades of Blue Paradise. Just a little FYI about Savanna: I’m going to corrupt her into gambling if she ever gives me the chance. Right, Savanna? :)) Savanna and I are fellow authors at Siren! WOOT!

    Diane is the author of the highly acclaimed Midnight Reborn and I try to follow her around as much as possible. Yes, I want to know what this energetic lady is up to and you will too! :))

    Now, I’m going over to Diane’s for dinner. Baked Spaghetti sounds yummy, especially when someone else fixed it! Come on everyone, let’s conduct a kitchen raid!

    Thanks for stopping by, ladies!
    Destiny 🙂

  • Don’t forget…tonight at 8 PM EST, we have a special guest at my loop! I’m not telling you who but you’ll want to be there! :))

    Hugs,
    Destiny
    (Who will bb soon to let you know more)

  • Wow! The day has flown by.

    Ladies, I need you to pour me lemon drop martini and share the energy. Goodness, it just oozes around here. lol

    Bekki

  • Destiny warned me to fill the fridge and stock the bar. But I never expected so many visitors. Welcome everyone! *waves to Savanna*

    Maybe I’ll keep her chained to the keyboard a little longer … she does seem to like being tied up. 😉

  • Hi Destiny! (waves hello) and Hello to Kara as well. Great website, by the way. I’m taking notes since I’m working on my own web site for my January release.

    And Destiny, dear, if she won’t unchain you from the keyboard, just give a yank and take it with you. Those keyboard cords have no staying power. Of course, bathroom visits might be problematic, but, hey! Look at it as inspiration for your next book!

    Back to JAPM.

    Donna

  • Destiny sweetie, the ropes were all show. It was your own diligence to finish that manuscript that kept those keys ticking in the middle of this craziness! No wonder you can churn out so many books.

    And when it comes to covers … you’ve got some of the hottest guys going! *wipes drool off computer* 😉

  • Nina,

    Let me just say that your covers are GORGEOUS too. Who created them?

    Hugs,
    Destiny

  • My covers? Thank you. Liquid Silver has ammmaazing cover artists. “The Healer’s Garden” and the three “Tilling Passions” were designed by Anne Cain. Anne put those covers together with only a few suggestions from me and they came out exactly the way I envisioned.

    The mockup for “Furry, Fluffy, and Wild” was done by Celia Kyle (yay! Ce!), but April Martinez added her artistic twist and *tah-dah* … we had a cover.

  • Bekki – Just head on over to that nearly naked hunk behind the bar. He can fix you up … and not just with the martini … I hear he’s giving massages as well!

    We share the energy, right Destiny? Just sit right here, Bekki next to the computer and soak in the karma! 😉

  • K/N

    Anne and Ce created beautiful covers, woman! Ahem…and where is this man with the magic hands? Hmmmm….

    Bekki, one lemon drop coming up delivered ‘straight up’ by the bartender K/N knows. Argh…that didn’t sound so good did it? Not coming from a pack of erotic romance writers. *Sigh*

    Hugs,
    Destiny :))

  • Guess what?

    I have a free gift for everyone who visited Around the Writer’s Block today!

    All you have to do is post a comment here, then send an email to destinyblaine@yahoo.com with TEASE ME in the subject line and I’ll send you a teaser and a free YA title written by yours truly. :)) ALL TEASERS will be sent out tomorrow because I have to locate a new set hand selected for you. These will be can’t-miss excerpts so drop that email!

    Hugs,
    Destiny

    * Please note, by dropping an e-mail with TEASE ME in the subject line, you are stating you are over eighteen years of age. Hugs!

  • Destiny – Anne Cain is an amazing artist and I’ve loved every bookcover she’s done for me.

    And you’re very generous chicka! This has been so much fun today. I don’t know how you managed writing, JAPM, and this blog!

    You’re welcome back here anytime!

    LOL! I sounded like I was sending you away … everyone’s welcome to stay as long as Mark is willing to keep the bar open! And from the massage line … it looks like it’ll be well in to tomorrow!

  • Hi Destiny! Love the cover for WINNING VIRGIN BLOOD. I enjoyed your blog interview, too. I learned so much about you.

    : )

    Catherine Chernow

  • Hey Catherine!

    It’s good to see you here too! :)) Ladies and gentleman, without delay…I want to introduce to you CATHERINE CHERNOW! Catherine is one of my fellow authors at Resplendence Publishing and we’re in the SHIVERS anthology together! WOOT!

    Hugs,
    Destiny

  • I’m going to start wrapping it up for the night. If you like paranormal, be sure to join us at

    Just Another Paranormal Monday

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ParanormalMonday/

    AND please drop in and visit me anytime at my loop at:
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/destinyblaine_romance/messages

    Don’t forget to leave a comment and drop me an email so I can reply with your free sneak preview and PDF file!

    Nina, thank you so much for allowing me to be your guest today. I had loads and loads of fun! A huge thank you to my fellow authors and friends from around the net who stopped by to say hi.

    Until next time, keep it sexy and read it hot!!!!

    Hugs,
    Destiny 🙂

  • What a great interview. Your books sound fabulous. Sending Big Hugs. 🙂

  • Thanks again to you, Destiny. It’s been a blast!

  • Hi Destiny! I’m late, but nevertheless here! Great interview. I agree with all you said about e-publishing and open communication. Good luck with your new releases!!

    Hugs,

    Renee

  • Good interview. I’m with you on the hot tub and the bagpipes. My husband bagpipes so I’ve definitely heard of men in kilts. Have you heard of Wicked Tinkers?

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